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BostonUnited States of America

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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Where to stay in Boston

Downtown Boston showing a city and night scenes as well as a small group of people

Downtown Boston

4.5/5Wonderful!(193 area reviews)

Known for its must-see aquarium and captivating waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Boston. Check out top attractions like Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market, and jump on the metro at State St. Station or Government Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Boston
Back Bay showing a city

Back Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(271 area reviews)

Travelers love Back Bay for its popular shops, and you can see more of Boston by jumping on the metro at Copley Station or Prudential Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Prudential Tower and Copley Place.

Back Bay
Seaport District featuring a high-rise building, a river or creek and a city

Seaport District

4.5/5Wonderful!(64 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Seaport District is its captivating waterfront views. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Boston Children's Museum and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Seaport District
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Historic sites, shopping, and restaurants are just a few things travelers like about Beacon Hill. Sights like The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Boston area at Charles-MGH Station.

Beacon Hill
East Boston showing sailing, a city and a river or creek

East Boston

4/5Very Good!(28 area reviews)

Travelers choose East Boston for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Wood Island Station or Airport Station and check out top sights like East Boston Memorial Stadium.

East Boston
Theatre District showing signage, cbd and street scenes

Theatre District

4/5Very Good!(25 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Theatre District for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like The Freedom Trail and Boch Center. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Chinatown Station.

Theatre District

Top Hotels in Boston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Bostonian Boston
The Bostonian Boston
4 out of 5
26 North St, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $172 per night

Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is steps away from Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Freedom Trail and Quincy Market. Boston Harbor and Paul Revere ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,569 reviews)

"Hotel was awesome! Parking was kind of inconvenient/expensive but worked out after we figured it out."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2020

The Bostonian Boston
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $206 per night

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7,223 reviews)

"TV did not work reliably. Technician unable to fix. Too late in the eve to bother asking for a room change and none was offered."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
4 out of 5
18 3rd Avenue, Burlington, MA
The price is CA $133 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Burlington Mall and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tufts University and Woburn Mall. Bentley ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,288 reviews)

"I loved the hotel! It was a great stay. I would definitely go back."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2020

Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington

Popular places to visit in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(305 reviews)

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Harvard University
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Harvard University

4.5/5(279 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(518 reviews)

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

New England Aquarium
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New England Aquarium

4.5/5(154 reviews)

From sea lions to sharks, this modern aquarium on Boston’s waterfront brings the ocean world to your fingertips. 

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(129 reviews)

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

Copley Square
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Copley Square

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Explore some of Boston’s finest buildings, educational and arts institutions, and shopping, or simply find a patch of grass and relax.

Top things to do in Boston

Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

CA $88
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

CA $68
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

CA $40
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour
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Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

CA $142
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

CA $49
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Boston to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Ferry Private Chauffeur Service
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Boston to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Ferry Private Chauffeur Service

CA $108
Per adult

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 63.54838709677419%
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3 - Okay 2.5806451612903225%
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2 - Disappointing 0.4838709677419355%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 4, 2020

I love this city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Beautiful and impeccable city. The architecture is beautiful, the view is beautiful and the cuisine is exquisite.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

Good place to visit but pricey. Transit excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

It was mu first time in Boston and I really loved the city I wana come back again!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Love Boston . Been many time . And will be back .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

A charming city that has done a remarkable job of preserving its heritage while also embracing the future.

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